Q. My dog is being bugged by fleas and ticks what can I do to get rid of them, my dog is young so its hair falls off when its touched please help

A. I strongly recommend a full health check and skin examination to investigate exactly what is going on here as even with flea and tick infestations, hair should not fall out that easily and there may be other infections or mange underlying this and he may also need fatty acid and a vitamin/mineral tonic in order to improve his skin barrier. There are a number of effective flea/tick products available, depending on his age and weight and your vets office can advise on the most appropriate; I would recommend an oral product if he is old enough as this will not be affected by any topical shampoos of lotions which may need to be applied. You will also need to treat all bedding and any areas of the house where he has been with a household flea product in order to kill any eggs or larvae which may be present in the environment at the same time you treat him in order to break the flea life cycle

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